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Ross Klein
Ross Klein

Ross Klein

W Hotels

New York, NY USA

"I could have never, ever, ever planned the stops along the way."

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Day In The Life


I lead a major hotel brand, combining cutting edge design and luxury with the unique feel of an independent hotel.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

    University of Florida

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Growing up, he was always working, starting with cleaning toilets at his uncle's gas station in Melbourne, Florida

  • 2.

    From there, he moved up to a job at Burger King.

  • 3.

    He worked his way through college by working at Sears.

  • 4.

    Realizing that he liked working in the retail sector, he majored in advertising and marketing.

  • 5.

    He feels like his career goals didn't really manifest themselves until his second or third post-college job.

  • 6.

    Says that the pressure of going from college straight into career is "a paradigm that needs to be broken."

  • 7.

    To keep his job as president of W Hotels in perspective, he tells himself, "it's still a store."

  • 8.

    Says that career pressures are almost always internal, so it's just a matter of managing those fears.